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4 Life Lessons We Can Learn From Jean-Paul Sartre

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 07.21.2014 | World

Jean-Paul Sartre was born in 1905. His father, a navy captain, died when he was a baby – and he grew up extremely close to his mother until she rema...

A Divine Comedy

Francis Levy | Posted 06.11.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

Dante's journey comprises hell, purgatory and paradise and is filled with illustrious saints and sinners. But what is the modern equivalent? What is our hell, our purgatory?

Pirira: A Riveting New Play by J. Stephen Brantley

Christopher Atamian | Posted 01.27.2014 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

Truly well-written and thought-provoking plays are hard to come by, but Theater 167's presentation of J. Stephen Brantley's Pirira, which I caught at its recent extended run at the West End Theater, comes pretty close to being as transcendental as any that I have seen in the past few years.

The Holiness of Evil

George Elerick | Posted 12.28.2013 | Religion
George Elerick

We must demystify our religious attempts at trying to make sense of evil, which is a vulgar oversimplification and sanctification of evil. One way to do that is to realize this desire to explain everything in a totality is itself highly problematic.

L'avventura At Film Forum

Francis Levy | Posted 09.16.2013 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

A newly restored print of L'avventura is playing at Manhattan's Film Forum and there are problems with it. To begin with, you can barely read the sub...

Sin Does Not Exist: Part 1

George Elerick | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
George Elerick

What are the sociological implications behind the notion of "sin," religious or otherwise? The claims that humans are intrinsically evil are highly problematic not solely do to the fact that the claim resides on a false-dichotomy. It only sees one-side of the story.

You Are Responsible For Nothing

Peter Rollins | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Peter Rollins

What might we do differently if we were to fully embrace our responsibility and make decisions in the full knowledge that there are no guarantees and no way of going in every direction we would like?

Victor Hugo and Abraham Lincoln

Norman MacAfee | Posted 03.31.2013 | Entertainment
Norman MacAfee

In this film awards season, two works embody enduring pinnacles of idealism.

The Economist's Inferno

Francis Levy | Posted 03.20.2013 | Media
Francis Levy

Leave it to the venerable Economist to continue to scoop the Internet through sheer ingenuity. Who but The Economist would run a cover story entitled "A Rough Guide to Hell," in its year-end double issue?

Photography That Tracks Time Passing

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 10.15.2012 | Arts

By Judith B. Herman The abstract-seeming images here are not the result of some wacky Photoshopping. Jay Mark Johnson’s photos are actually incr...

Fame and Death in April

Norman MacAfee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Norman MacAfee

If you go to The New York Times' obituary page, you will see the list of deaths of famous people who died in any given month and were written about in...

If Infinity Is The Devil, What Is God?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 06.06.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

If the universe harbors an endless sea of bubbles like ours, in every conceivable variation, then there can be no meaning to it all. Infinity won't allow it.

Literary Fisticuffs! Flying Fists And Zinging Words: Nobody Fights Like An Angry Writer (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Stereotypically, artists are stormy, temperamental, and moody. These literary figures feed the stereotype with their classic feuds. We asked readers...

ARTS LUST: Remembering Henri Bergson

Allan M. Jalon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Allan M. Jalon

Before January is forgotten, Arts Lust wants to place a memory kiss on the high slender forehead of Henri Bergson who died last month at the age of 81.

'Road Train' Cars Drive Themselves While You Sleep

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Imagine you're driving down the highway, when you pass a column of cars cruising in tandem. You notice with awe that the steering wheel in each car mo...

In Sartre's Words. The Day Proust and Joyce Met. The Death of François Baudot

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

His name was François Baudot. He was an old friend I scarcely saw in the last months, but whose suicide at the age of 60 moves me deeply.

Did The Death Of Communism Take Koestler And Other Literary Figures With It?

The New York Review of Books | Anne Applebaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Anne Applebaum The New York Review Of Books "Koestler: The Literary and Political Odyssey of a Twentieth-Century Skeptic" by Michael Scammell, Rando...